Michael Andrew put USRPT up to its biggest test at the 2015 Jr World Championships, 5 races in one day–in one session. True, Andrew didn’t swim fast in all of his swims, but he did in 4 of 5 of them.
Andrew’s overall summer was impressive with fast swims over three competitions, U.S. Jr Nationals, Sr. Nationals and Jr World Championships. Less than a month later he broke the 15-16 National Age Group record in the 100 yard butterfly, going 46.36.
While Andrew’s got his critics, and USRPT has even more, most of the swimming community agrees he’s on track to be a force in the future. How soon is the biggest question of all. Frankly, Andrew’s on the bubble. For young talent like him or Reece Whitley, they’ll have to pull off stunning drops in time to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. It’s not out of the question, but making the team trip to Rio would be a dramatic chapter of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials narrative. One thing is certain. On the run-up to the 2020, Andrew will be center stage.
This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.